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three-mile limit

Syllabification: three-mile lim·it

Definition of three-mile limit in English:

noun

Law The outer boundary of the area extending 3 miles (4.8 km) out to sea from the coast of a state or country, considered to be within its jurisdiction.
Example sentences
  • Such sources would be located landward of the outer, three-mile limit of the territorial sea.
  • She would have lain off the three-mile limit when she got to the US coast, and steam drifters would have come out under cover of darkness and taken off the booze.
  • The rules for discharging sewage from cruise ships are essentially the same as those for a 30-foot powerboat - beyond the three-mile limit from U.S. shores, untreated sewage can be discharged.

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